Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.97
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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Johnson County Community College
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kristy Wittman Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Green Circle Salon Certification

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In February 2017, JCCC’s Center for Sustainability began to develop a certification protocol for the campus’ cosmetology program to become Green Circle certified. This third-party certification offers single stream recycling for waste unique to the salon and esthetics environment, such as highlighting foils, wax applicators, dye and product bottles, and hair.

Students in the program learn more about managing their salon waste and what traditionally happens to it when it goes to landfill. Faculty have also developed curriculum to help students understand product choice and the importance of selecting compostable, recyclable, and recycled content.

In addition to diverting recyclable and compostable weight from the campus waste stream, students learn that those working in the salon environment can be more environmentally responsible while adding value to the client experience.

Johnson County Community College's cosmetology program is the first in the nation affiliated with a higher education institution to be Green Circle Certified.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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